|Paul Piff: Does money make you mean? - TED.com|
It's amazing what a rigged game of Monopoly can reveal. In this entertaining but sobering talk, social psychologist Paul Piff shares his research into how people behave when they feel wealthy. (Hint: badly.) But while the problem of inequality is a complex and daunting challenge, there's good news too. (Filmed at TEDxMarin.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; behavioral economics; psychology; TEDxMarin; 2013
|Paul Bloom: The origins of pleasure - TED.com|
Why do we like an original painting better than a forgery? Psychologist Paul Bloom argues that human beings are essentialists -- that our beliefs about the history of an object change how we experience it, not simply as an illusion, but as a deep feature of what pleasure (and pain) is.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; happiness; philosophy; psychology; science; 2011
|Matt Killingsworth: Want to be happier? Stay in the moment - TED.com|
When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the surprising results: We're often happiest when we're lost in the moment. And the flip side: The more our mind wanders, the less happy we can be. (Filmed at TEDxCambridge.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; happiness; psychology; software; TEDxCambridge; 2011
|Dan Gilbert: The psychology of your future self - TED.com|
"Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished." Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the "end of history illusion," where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; culture; humanity; psychology; TED2014; 2014
|Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work - TED.com|
We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk from TEDxBloomington, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxBloomington; TED; Talks; business; happiness; psychology; science; 2011
|Steven Pinker on language and thought - TED.com|
In an exclusive preview of his book The Stuff of Thought, Steven Pinker looks at language and how it expresses what goes on in our minds -- and how the words we choose communicate much more than we realize.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2005; TED; Talks; culture; language; psychology; science; 2005
|Elizabeth Loftus: The fiction of memory - TED.com|
Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus studies memories. More precisely, she studies false memories, when people either remember things that didn't happen or remember them differently from the way they really were. It's more common than you might think, and Loftus shares some startling stories and statistics, and raises some important ethical questions we should all remember to consider.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; memory; psychology; science; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
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|Joachim de Posada says, Don't eat the marshmallow yet - TED.com|
In this short talk from TED U, Joachim de Posada shares a landmark experiment on delayed gratification -- and how it can predict future success. With priceless video of kids trying their hardest not to eat the marshmallow.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; children; culture; humor; psychology; 2009
|Brené Brown: Listening to shame - TED.com|
Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2012; TED; Talks; brain; culture; psychology; self; 2012
|Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend - TED.com|
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; health; psychology; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy? - TED.com|
Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love -- the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves "Adam I" and "Adam II.") Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; philosophy; psychology; self; success; TED2014; 2014
|Ben Ambridge: 10 myths about psychology: Debunked - TED.com|
How much of what you think about your brain is actually wrong? In this whistlestop tour of dis-proved science, Ben Ambridge walks through 10 popular ideas about psychology that have been proven wrong — and uncovers a few surprising truths about how our brains really work.
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; brain; education; psychology; TEDxYouth@Manchester; 2014
|Pamela Meyer: How to spot a liar - TED.com|
On any given day we're lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception -- and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; psychology; science; society; TEDGlobal 2011; 2011
|Daniel Goleman on compassion - TED.com|
Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, asks why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; brain; community; consumerism; psychology; 2007
|Guy Winch: The case for emotional hygiene - TED.com|
We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; health; mental health; psychology; self; TEDxLinnaeusUniversity; 2014
|Susan Cain: The power of introverts - TED.com|
In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2012; TED; Talks; business; culture; psychology; 2012
|Richard St. John: "Success is a continuous journey" - TED.com|
In his typically candid style, Richard St. John reminds us that success is not a one-way street, but a constant journey. He uses the story of his business' rise and fall to illustrate a valuable lesson -- when we stop trying, we fail.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; antidepressants; business; consumerism; humor; life; productivity; psychology; shopping; short talk; 2009
|Ariel Garten: Know thyself, with a brain scanner - TED.com|
Imagine playing a video game controlled by your mind. Now imagine that game also teaches you about your own patterns of stress, relaxation and focus. At TEDxToronto Ariel Garten shows how looking at our own brain activity gives new meaning to the ancient dictum "know thyself."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxToronto 2011; TED; Talks; arts; neuroscience; psychology; science; technology; 2011
|Alex Laskey: How behavioral science can lower your energy bill - TED.com|
What's a proven way to lower your energy costs? Would you believe: learning what your neighbor pays. Alex Laskey shows how a quirk of human behavior can make us all better, wiser energy users, with lower bills to prove it.
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; TED Conference; behavioral economics; energy; psychology; TED2013; 2013
|Ali Carr-Chellman: Gaming to re-engage boys in learning - TED.com|
At TEDxPSU, Ali Carr-Chellman pinpoints three reasons boys are tuning out of school in droves, and lays out her bold plan to re-engage them: bringing their culture into the classroom, with new rules that let boys be boys, and video games that teach as well as entertain.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxPSU; TED; Talks; children; education; gaming; psychology; technology; violence; 2010
|Gary Wolf: The quantified self - TED.com|
At TED@Cannes, Gary Wolf gives a 5-min intro to an intriguing new pastime: using mobile apps and always-on gadgets to track and analyze your body, mood, diet, spending -- just about everything in daily life you can measure -- in gloriously geeky detail.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED@Cannes; TED; Talks; design; health; medicine; psychology; statistics; technology; 2010
|Rory Sutherland: Life lessons from an ad man - TED.com|
Advertising adds value to a product by changing our perception, rather than the product itself. Rory Sutherland makes the daring assertion that a change in perceived value can be just as satisfying as what we consider “real” value -- and his conclusion has interesting consequences for how we look at life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; advertising; business; creativity; economics; happiness; life; psychology; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Jim Fallon: Exploring the mind of a killer - TED.com|
Psychopathic killers are the basis for some must-watch TV, but what really makes them tick? Neuroscientist Jim Fallon talks about brain scans and genetic analysis that may uncover the rotten wiring in the nature (and nurture) of murderers. In a too-strange-for-fiction twist, he shares a fascinating family history that makes his work chillingly personal.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; brain; consciousness; development; mind; psychology; science; violence; 2009
|Dan Gilbert asks, Why are we happy? - TED.com|
Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; brain; choice; culture; evolution; happiness; psychology; science; 2004
|Ian Dunbar on dog-friendly dog training - TED.com|
Speaking at the 2007 EG conference, trainer Ian Dunbar asks us to see the world through the eyes of our beloved dogs. By knowing our pets' perspective, we can build their love and trust. It's a message that resonates well beyond the animal world.
Keywords: TEDTalks; EG 2007; TED; Talks; animals; brain; children; love; psychology; violence; 2007
|Carl Honore praises slowness - TED.com|
Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there's a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2005; TED; Talks; choice; culture; happiness; health; parenting; personal growth; potential; psychology; 2005
|Sheena Iyengar on the art of choosing - TED.com|
Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices -- and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; choice; culture; economics; psychology; social change; society; TEDGlobal 2010; 2010
|David Pizarro: The strange politics of disgust - TED.com|
What does a disgusting image have to do with how you vote? Equipped with surveys and experiments, psychologist David Pizarro demonstrates a correlation between sensitivity to disgusting cues -- a photo of feces, an unpleasant odor -- and moral and political conservatism. (Filmed at TEDxEast.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; choice; cognitive science; morality; politics; psychology; science; TEDxEast; 2012
|Seth Priebatsch: The game layer on top of the world - TED.com|
By now, we're used to letting Facebook and Twitter capture our social lives on the web -- building a "social layer" on top of the real world. At TEDxBoston, Seth Priebatsch looks at the next layer in progress: the "game layer," a pervasive net of behavior-steering game dynamics that will reshape education and commerce.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxBoston 2010; TED; Talks; business; entertainment; entrepreneur; gaming; money; psychology; 2010
|Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions - TED.com|
Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can -- and should -- be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; morality; philosophy; psychology; religion; science; TED2010; 2010
|Dan Ariely on our buggy moral code - TED.com|
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely studies the bugs in our moral code: the hidden reasons we think it's OK to cheat or steal (sometimes). Clever studies help make his point that we're predictably irrational -- and can be influenced in ways we can't grasp.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; culture; economics; evil; psychology; science; self; society; TED2009; 2009
|Tom Wujec: Build a tower, build a team - TED.com|
Tom Wujec presents some surprisingly deep research into the "marshmallow problem" -- a simple team-building exercise that involves dry spaghetti, one yard of tape and a marshmallow. Who can build the tallest tower with these ingredients? And why does a surprising group always beat the average?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; collaboration; culture; design; entertainment; psychology; TED2010; 2010
|Laurel Braitman: Depressed dogs, cats with OCD — what animal madness means for us humans - TED.com|
Behind those funny animal videos, sometimes, are oddly human-like problems. Laurel Braitman studies non-human animals who exhibit signs of mental health issues -- from compulsive bears to self-destructive rats to monkeys with unlikely friends. Braitman asks what we as humans can learn from watching animals cope with depression, sadness and other all-too-human problems.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; animals; health; history; mental health; psychology; science; TEDSalon NY2014; 2014
|Dan Ariely asks, Are we in control of our own decisions? - TED.com|
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we're not as rational as we think when we make decisions.
Keywords: TEDTalks; EG 2008; TED; Talks; culture; economics; global issues; psychology; science; self; society; 2008
|Michael Shermer: The pattern behind self-deception - TED.com|
Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things -- from alien abductions to dowsing rods -- boils down to two of the brain's most basic, hard-wired survival skills. He explains what they are, and how they get us into trouble.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2010; TED; Talks; God; faith; neurology; psychology; science; self; 2010
|Julian Treasure: Shh! Sound health in 8 steps - TED.com|
Julian Treasure says our increasingly noisy world is gnawing away at our mental health -- even costing lives. He lays out an 8-step plan to soften this sonic assault (starting with those cheap earbuds) and restore our relationship with sound.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2010; TED; Talks; design; music; nature; psychology; science; 2010
|Paul Bloom: Can prejudice ever be a good thing? - TED.com|
We often think of bias and prejudice as rooted in ignorance. But as psychologist Paul Bloom seeks to show, prejudice is often natural, rational ... even moral. The key, says Bloom, is to understand how our own biases work -- so we can take control when they go wrong.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; behavioral economics; mind; psychology; TEDSalon NY2014; 2014
|Dan Gilbert on our mistaken expectations - TED.com|
Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness -- sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself. Watch through to the end for a sparkling Q and A with some familiar TED faces.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; choice; culture; entertainment; happiness; psychology; self; society; TEDGlobal 2005; 2005
|Philip Zimbardo prescribes a healthy take on time - TED.com|
Psychologist Philip Zimbardo says happiness and success are rooted in a trait most of us disregard: the way we orient toward the past, present and future. He suggests we calibrate our outlook on time as a first step to improving our lives.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; brain; business; happiness; mind; psychology; science; 2009
|Al Seckel says our brains are mis-wired - TED.com|
Al Seckel, a cognitive neuroscientist, explores the perceptual illusions that fool our brains. Loads of eye tricks help him prove that not only are we easily fooled, we kind of like it.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; arts; brain; cognitive science; culture; design; illusion; psychology; 2004
|Shlomo Benartzi: Saving for tomorrow, tomorrow - TED.com|
It's easy to imagine saving money next week, but how about right now? Generally, we want to spend it. Economist Shlomo Benartzi says this is one of the biggest obstacles to saving enough for retirement, and asks: How do we turn this behavioral challenge into a behavioral solution?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDSalon NY2011; TED; Talks; behavioral economics; economics; money; psychology; 2011
|Stuart Brown says play is more than fun - TED.com|
A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults -- and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Serious Play 2008; TED; Talks; brain; children; education; entertainment; gaming; happiness; health; psychology; science; 2008
|Alison Gopnik: What do babies think? - TED.com|
"Babies and young children are like the R and D division of the human species," says psychologist Alison Gopnik. Her research explores the sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are really doing when they play.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; children; culture; education; psychology; TEDGlobal 2011; 2011
|Tony Robbins asks why we do what we do - TED.com|
Tony Robbins discusses the "invisible forces" that motivate everyone's actions -- and high-fives Al Gore in the front row.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2006; TED; Talks; business; culture; entertainment; politics; potential; psychology; 2006
|Oliver Sacks: What hallucination reveals about our minds - TED.com|
Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks brings our attention to Charles Bonnet syndrome -- when visually impaired people experience lucid hallucinations. He describes the experiences of his patients in heartwarming detail and walks us through the biology of this under-reported phenomenon.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; brain; medicine; mind; neurology; psychology; TED2009; 2009
|Ami Klin: A new way to diagnose autism - TED.com|
Early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder can improve the lives of everyone affected, but the complex network of causes make it incredibly difficult to predict. At TEDxPeachtree, Ami Klin describes a new early detection method that uses eye-tracking technologies to gauge babies' social engagement skills and reliably measure their risk of developing autism.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TEDxFeatured; cognitive science; mental health; psychology; science; tedx; TEDxPeachtree; 2011
|Emily Balcetis: Why some people find exercise harder than others - TED.com|
Why do some people struggle more than others to keep off the pounds? Social psychologist Emily Balcetis shows research that addresses one of the many factors: Vision. In an informative talk, she shows how when it comes to fitness, some people quite literally see the world differently from others — and offers a surprisingly simple solution to overcome these differences.
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; TEDx; decision-making; health; mind; psychology; TEDxNewYork; 2014
|Jonathan Haidt on the moral roots of liberals and conservatives - TED.com|
Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we're left, right or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; culture; evolution; global issues; morality; politics; psychology; TED2008; 2008
|Richard St. John's 8 secrets of success - TED.com|
Why do people succeed? Is it because they're smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2005; TED; Talks; business; culture; education; entertainment; happiness; psychology; short talk; work; 2005
|Beau Lotto: Optical illusions show how we see - TED.com|
Beau Lotto's color games puzzle your vision, but they also spotlight what you can't normally see: how your brain works. This fun, first-hand look at your own versatile sense of sight reveals how evolution tints your perception of what's really out there.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; brain; consciousness; mind; psychology; science; visualizations; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009